Dive Into Fall with Webinars, Workshops, Lectures and More
Ready or not, here comes fall!! We’re back from our breaks, feeling refreshed, and we hope all of you took some time to enjoy the (finally!) summer weather, too. As we get back into the groove, there are plenty of interesting activities, workshops, and information opportunities for you and your organization to take advantage of. Please take a moment to read through the blocks below and consider which ones might be a great fit for you!
We also want to remind you that fall is regional land trust meeting time for the Maine Land Trust Network. The Downeast regional meeting is scheduled for the afternoon of October 4th in Hancock. In the next few weeks, we’ll be scheduling meetings for Western Maine, Penobscot Bay, the Midcoast, and Southern Maine. Please keep an eye on future Infolines and our MLTN Events Page to learn when these get scheduled.
We look forward to seeing you this fall!
Angela, Jeff, and Donna
Embracing Diversity: Fostering Inclusivity in Your Organization and Your Community
Wednesday, September 27th, 2023
Cost: FREE but registration is required
At this MLTN lunch hour Zoom meeting, we welcome Shay Bellas, co-chair of the Diversity Hiring Coalition (DHC) and founder of the groundbreaking company NaviTour, as well as Florence Hull, Treasurer and DHC founder and senior advisor at The Advisory, an intentionally inclusive boutique advisory firm.
The Diversity Hiring Coalition team will delve into the profound ways embracing diversity can enhance not only our organizations but also community engagement, innovation, and the exchange of fresh perspectives and ideas. Shay and Florence will shed light on the significance of intentional, deliberate, and strategic efforts in fostering an inclusive environment within land trusts. Together we will explore the transformative power of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, sharing insights on how our organizations can become agents of change, driving positive impact within our communities.
Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of a conversation that has the power to shape the future, as we work together to create a more inclusive and equitable outdoors. Register today.
Maine Nonprofit Law Updates
Maine Attorney Rob Levin recently sent out one of his Maine Nonprofit Law E-Bulletins, which included some important updates concerning Paid Family and Medical Leave, changes to Maine Charitable Immunity Law, proposed increased federal overtime threshold, and more. You can read this E-Bulletin and sign up to receive future bulletins at Rob’s website.
The Maine Nonprofit Law E-Bulletin, along with Rob’s Maine Conservation Law E-Bulletin, are excellent resources for land trusts and subscriptions are free. Sign up here.
Host An MCC Environmental Steward or Field Team in 2024
Application Deadline: October 6, 2023
Partner with Maine Conservation Corps (MCC) to support the next generation of conservation enthusiasts and professionals. For 40 years, MCC has been sending individuals and teams into communities to accomplish conservation initiatives, while fostering the personal development of MCC AmeriCorps members, and local volunteerism. Field Teams and Environmental Stewards can build your organizational capacity and realize your environmental visions. Application materials and instructions can be found on the MCC website.
Recent Environmental Steward projects include:
Host Site Placement Options:
For Environmental Steward Program information, contact Deidrah Stanchfield.
Recent Field Team projects include:
Field Team Partnership Options:
For Field Team Program information, contact Lindsey May.
Fall is for Finance at Maine Association of Nonprofits
Maine Association of Nonprofits (MANP) focused on finance topics in their latest newsletter. There are so many interesting and timely offerings we’re sharing the whole list. Check it out!
View the full list of MANP events here.
Fall 2023 Sustainability Talks
For many years, the Mitchell Center has hosted an innovative Sustainability Talks series during the fall and spring semesters. They have an exciting lineup for fall 2023 that is already underway, including talks on climate migration and resilience, PFAS in fish, agroecology, clean energy, lake issues, and more.
All talks are Mondays at 3pm and are available via Zoom and in-person at 107 Norman Smith Hall, UMaine. For Zoom attendees, registration is required for each talk. Please go to individual event pages to register.
Learn more, register to participate by Zoom, and sign up the newsletter on their website.
Engaging Your Board in Fundraising
Tuesday, October 3, 2023
Cost: $70 for LTA members, $100 for non-members
Inspired, joyful, generous investment of personal capital is not only desirable for every board member but it is also achievable. In this workshop, you will gain knowledge, skills and direction in building a generous fundraising board that gives and gets. Join long-time fundraiser Laurel McCombs of Osborne Group as she explores the most effective roles for board members to play in fund development and how to motivate and empower them to achieve success in those roles. Here’s a look at what will be covered:
Learn more and register on the Land Trust Alliance website.
A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds
Tuesday, October 3, 2023
In person at Moore Auditorium on the Schoodic Institute campus and online via Zoom
Even as scientists make astounding discoveries about the navigational and physiological feats that enable migratory birds to cross immense oceans or fly above the highest mountains, go weeks without sleep or remain in unbroken flight for months at a stretch, humans have brought many migrants to the brink. Based on his bestselling new book “A World on the Wing,” author and researcher Scott Weidensaul takes you around the globe — to the shores of the Yellow Sea in China, the remote mountains of northeastern India, and the Mediterranean — to learn how people are fighting to understand and save the world’s great bird migrations.
Scott Weidensaul is the author of more than two dozen books on natural history, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist “Living on the Wind” and his latest, the New York Times bestseller “A World on the Wing.” Weidensaul is a contributing editor for Audubon and writes for a variety of other publications, including Bird Watcher’s Digest and Living Bird.
Learn more and register at Schoodic Institute’s website.
Climate Adaptation for Land Trusts – Short Course
Three Wednesdays, Oct 25, Nov 1, and Nov 15
Cost: Just $30 per person thanks to generous support from the USDA Climate Hubs
Participation as a group is recommended
The Land Trust Alliance is excited to partner with the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science to host the Climate Adaptation for Land Trusts – Short Course this fall. This online course is designed for land trusts actively working on stewardship projects in forests, suburban and urban forests, forested watersheds and wetland systems.
This course requires three 90-minute virtual live classes, a self-guided field session and assignments. Instructors will provide guidance, periodic check-ins and coaching. For the self-guided field session, you are asked to visit a property or natural area of your choosing and think about real-world applications of the course material.
The course is meant to help your land trust:
Your land trust can register as many staff and board members as you would like, but participating as a group is recommended.
Visit the Land Trust Alliance website to register.
Jobs in the Conservation Sector
Our jobs board enjoys a great deal of traffic – it’s one of the most frequently visited pages on our website. And it’s a popular benefit of MLTN membership. Check out the latest additions or view the full list of openings here.
Associate Director of Stewardship, Washington County – Maine Coast Heritage Trust
Forestland Steward – Forest Society of Maine
Environmental Scientist III – Division of Water Quality Management Permit Writer, Maine DEP
Operations & Development Assistant – Frenchman Bay Conservancy
Director of Land Protection – Frenchman Bay Conservancy
Executive Director – Friends of Merrymeeting Bay
Executive Director – Portland Parks Conservancy
Development Manager – Mahoosuc Land Trust, Inc
Executive Director – Presumpscot Regional Land Trust
L.L.Bean Maine Land Trust Grant Program
Applications Due in 2 Weeks: Friday, September 29, 2023
This year’s L.L.Bean Maine Land Trust Grant deadline is right around the corner. Don’t miss this chance to apply for increased funding for your stewardship, land management, or programming project. View this year’s guidelines and download the application at MLTN’s website. Contact MCHT’s Land Trust Program with any questions.
US North American Wetlands Conservation Act Small Grants
Applications Due: Thursday, October 12, 2023
The FY2024 US North American Wetlands Conservation Act Small Grants notice of funding opportunity is now available to accept proposal submissions. NOTE: The Small grant NAWCA request cap has increased from $100,000 to $250,000!
The U.S. Small Grants Program is a competitive, matching grants program that supports public-private partnerships carrying out projects in the United States that further the goals of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act. Projects must involve only long-term protection, restoration, enhancement and/or establishment of wetland and associated upland habitats to benefit migratory birds. The program requires a 1:1 non-federal match and research funding is ineligible.
View the full program details on the Grants.gov website here.